F. Hilary Conroy Papers, 1972-1988

(2 boxes, 0.85 linear feet items)

Collection 3018

© The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street * Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Table of contents
Francis Hilary Conroy, a Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Pennsylvania, has written extensively on Asian American history, with a focus on Asian immigration to the United States. The collection contains materials from Conroy's teaching and research files, and includes correspondence, essay papers, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous printed materials from various Asian American and historical associations.

Background note
Francis Hillary Conroy was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1919. He began his formal education at Northwestern University, earning a B.S. in 1941, and continued at the University of California, where he earned an M.A. in 1942 and a Ph.D. in 1949. After completing his dissertation he began an extensive teaching career, first as a Lecturer of Far Eastern History at the University of California, and two years later as a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued at Penn. until his retirement in 1990, whereupon he was elected Professor Emeritus.

Conroy has written extensively Asian American history. His publications include; The Japanese Frontier in Hawaii, 1868-1898 (1953), The Japanese Seizure of Korea, 1868-1910: A Study of Realism and Idealism in International Relations (1960), China and Japan: A Search for Balance Since World War II (1978), and America Views China: American Images of China Then and Now (1991).

Scope and content
The papers of F. Hilary Conroy consist of sundry material from his teaching and research files, including but not limited to correspondence (1972-1985), newspaper clippings (1972-1988), and various publications from Asian American associations, such as the Asian American Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Association for Asian Studies, the Interagency Task Force on Indochina Refugees, and the Center for Migration Studies.

There are also numerous essays written by students of Conroy while he was a Professor at Penn. His correspondence reveals that these essays were of particular interest to Conroy and were filed for his future reference. The essays are written on various topics in Asian History, such as, Chinese Influence in Indonesia, 1964-1965, The Asian-American Quandary: Combating Discrimination, Curbing Organized Crime, and Citizen Participation in New York's Chinatown With a Focus on the Housing and Healthcare Issues. Drafts of essays written by Conroy can be found in the second box of the collection and include book reviews and papers pertaining to the Asian American experience. There is also roll of microfilm containing records in the collections of the Archives of Hawaii concerning Japanese immigration in the late nineteenth century.

Administrative information
Restrictions on use
The collection is open for research.

Preferred citation
Cite as: [Indicate item, box and folder #s here], F. Hilary Conroy Papers (Collection 3018), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Gift of F. Hilary Conroy, 1990.

Accession number: M90-60.

Processing notes
Processed by: Patrick Shea

Processing Completed: May 2002

The organization of this collection remains similar to the condition in which it was received. Some individual folders, however, were overfilled with material, requiring them to be divided among numerous folders. In separating the material, related items were grouped and housed together (sometimes in more than one folder), while individual booklets were each given separate folders. For organizational sake, all of the material has been arranged into chronological order.

Additional information
Related material
Related collections at other institutions:

F. Hilary Conroy, (1919- ) Papers. 1945-1989. University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania

Separated material
Separated to HSP library


Bock, Deborah L., et. al. Pearls.

Buddhist Missionary Office. Buddhist Missionary History in Hawaii.

Carlton, Thomas Owen and Ada Horowich. A Guide to Filipino Thought and Culture for the American Consultant.

Carlton, Thomas Owen and Ada Horowich. An Introduction to the History of Social Welfare in the Philippines.

Ching, Frank. Asian Americans: A Question of Identity.

Ching, Frank, J.P. Chan, L.F. Inada and S. Wong. Aiiieeeee! Anthology of Asian American Writers.

Conroy, Hilary. The Japanese Frontier in Hawaii, 1868-1898.

Conroy, Hilary and T. Scott Miyakawa, eds. East Across the Pacific: Historical and Sociological Studies of Japanese Immigration and Assimilation.

Editorial Section of the Hawaii Educational Association. Hawaii Nihongo Kyoiku Shi.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Handbook for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Elkington, David C. Inazo and Mary Elkington Nitobe.

Fukutake, Tadashi. America-Mura

Government Printing Office. Japanese Immigration, Hearings Before the Committee on Immigration, U.S. Senate.

Hansen, Arthur A. and Betty E. Mitson. Voices Long Silent.

Hawley, Sandra M. China and Japan in Recent American Fiction.

Hawley, Sandra M. The Importance of Being Charlie Chan.

Hom, Gloria Sun, ed. Chinese Argonauts: An Anthology of the Chinese Contributions to the Historical Development of Santa Clara County.

Ichioka, Yuji. The Issei: The World of the First Generation of Japanese Immigrants, 1885-1924.

Ichioka, Yuji, et. al. A Buried Past: An Annotated Bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project.

Irons, Peter. Justice at War.

Irwin, Yukiko. Speech at the National Society of Colonial Dames.

Jacobs, Paul and Saul Landau. To Serve The Devil: Volume II, Colonials and Sojourners.

Kihara, Ryukichi, ed. History of Japanese in Hawaii.

Koh, Hesung Chung. Content and Context of Korean American Education: The Koh's Chronicle.

Lee, Chong-Sik. Asian Immigrant Children in School.

Lee, Everett S. Migration As A Factor of American Civilization.

Lin, Che-Hwei. Preliminary Checklist of M.A. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations Related to Asian American Studies in the UCLA Library.

Lou, Dennis W. Minority, Discrimination and the Future of Asian Studies in the United States.

Lyman, Stanford. The Asian in North America.

Lyman, Stanford M. The Asian in the West.

Ma, Margaret Ching-Fong. Chinese Community in the United States, A Selected Bibliography.

Marie, Ellen. The Resettlement of Japanese Americans During World War II and the Doctrine of Dispersion.

Mcfadden, Joe. America's Response to the East.

Miller, Stuart Creighton. The Unwelcome Immigrant.

Miyakawa, T. Scott. The Issei Influence on Japan: Some Case Studies.

Modell, John, ed. The Kikuchi Diary: Chronicle from an American Concentration Camp.

Morita, Sakae. History of Japanese Development in Hawaii.

Moriyama, Alan T. Imingaisha: Japanese Immigration Companies and Hawaii.

Nakamura, N.N. and Ron Hirano. Bancroft Library Collection of WRA Photographs on the Japanese Internment and Resettlement. Japanese American Citizens League, Visual Communications Committee.

Nash, P.T., C.W. Hawkins and D. Coyne. Defending Affirmative Action Admissions in the Post Bakke Era: The Student Role in the Legal Battle.

Nehrer, Roger A. The Vulnerability of the Japanese American Community Prior to Relocation.

Okahata, James H. A History of Japanese in Hawaii.

Patterson, Wayne K. The Korean Frontier in America.

Philadelphia Social Studies Council. The Journal.

Planck, Jane. An Organization and Welcome Guide for Groups Sponsoring Indochinese Refugees.

Rothenberg, Harry I. The Khmer Rouge.

Sato, Janet. Japanese American Children in America.

Sen, Sondra. The Asian Indians in America.

Suckle, Margery. U.S. Immigration: Open Door to the Vietnamese?

Sung, Betty Lee. Asian Studies Monograph I, II, and III: Racial and Ethnic Group Population by Census Tract.

Tachiki, Amy and Eddie Wong, Franklin Odo, with Buck Wong, eds., Roots: An Asian American Reader.

Takaki, Ronald. Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii.

Tamarin, Alfred. Japan and the United States.

Thomas, Dorothy Swaine and Richard S. Nishimoto. The Spoilage: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement During World War II.

Tsutsumi, Takashi. History of Labor Movements in Hawaii: 1920 Sugar Plantation.

Tung, William L. The Chinese in America, 1820-1973: A Chronology and Fact Book.

Yoshimori, Sane yuki. Hawaii o meguru Nichi-Bei Kankei shi.


Women and Revolution. Journal of the Women's Commission of the Spartacist League.

Gidra. Asian American Community.

East-West. Chinese-American Journal.

Sampan. Chinese American Civic Association.

Hug-Sang. Chinese Economic Development Council.

Yellow Seeds. Asian Community of Philadelphia.

Tung Feng.


19th Century Japanese Immigration, Archives of Hawaii.

Language(s) represented

Chen, Kaiyi, Guide to the F. Hilary Conroy, (1919- ) Papers. 1945-1989. University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Added entries
  • Asia, Southeastern--Library Resources--Directories
  • Asia, Southeastern-Study and Teaching
  • Asian American Newspapers
  • Asian Americans--Employment
  • Asian Americans--Study and Teaching
  • Education--China--History
  • Education--Japan--History
  • Education--Korea--History
  • Immigrants--Chinese-- United States of America--Services for
  • Immigrants--Chinese--United States of America--Legal Status, Laws, etc.
  • Immigrants--Japanese-- United States of America--Legal Status, Laws, etc.
  • Immigrants--Japanese-- United States of America--Services for
  • Immigrants--Korean-- United States of America--Legal Status, Laws, etc.
  • Immigrants--Korean-- United States of America--Services for
  • Mutual Aid Societies--United States
  • United States-Emigration and Immigration
  • United States-Emigration and Immigration Law
  • Contact information

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    1300 Locust Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107


    Processing made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

    Collection inventory


    F. Hilary Conroy, Papers

    Hilary Conroy, Correspondence
    53 items
    Box 1: 1

    Asian Immigration, Newspaper Clippings (1 of 2)
    31 items
    Box 1: 2

    Asian Immigration, Newspaper Clippings (2 of 2)
    12 items
    Box 1: 3

    Booklet, The Historical Experiment as a Research Strategy in the Study of World Politics
    Feb. 1974
    1 items
    Box 1: 4

    Weightman, Inc. , Letter to Members of THE JAPAN GROUP
    Dec. 1974
    3 items
    Box 1: 5

    Asian American Council of Greater Philadelphia, Board Minutes
    5 items
    Box 1: 6

    Sundry Asian American Associations, Brochures, Pamphlets and Correspondence
    11 items
    Box 1: 7

    Booklet, Suggestions for Working to Understand China and America Better
    Sept. 1977
    1 items
    Box 1: 8

    Students of Hilary Conroy, Essays (1 of 2)
    6 items
    Box 1: 9

    Students of Hilary Conroy, Essays (2 of 2)
    5 items
    Box 1: 10

    Asian American Film Festival, Brochures
    6 items
    Box 1: 11

    Irwin, Yukiko (Descendent of Benjamin Franklin) , Biographical Information
    2 items
    Box 1: 12

    Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Miscellaneous material pertaining to Asian American Studies
    21 items
    Box 1: 13

    Essays on Asian American Studies
    10 items
    Box 1: 14

    Bibliography of Southeast Asian Studies
    3 items
    Box 2: 1

    Booklet(2 copies) , "Asian American Studies Center, UCLA
    2 items
    Box 2: 2

    Doctoral Dissertation (Introduction and Chapter 24) - Korean Immigration
    1 items
    Box 2: 3

    Hilary Conroy, Essay Drafts - Asian American Topics
    5 items
    Box 2: 4

    Legislation and Court Decisions on Asian Immigration (reproductions)
    1 items
    Box 2: 5

    Hilary Conroy, Miscellaneous File of Notes, Business Papers, and Photographs
    15 items
    Box 26

    Hilary Conroy, Personal Notes
    4 items
    Box 27

    Propaganda - Recruitment, Safety, Patriotism, etc Posters from World War II (reproductions from book)
    1 items
    Box 28